The Oshkosh Area Community Pantry is a food resource available to residents in northern Winnebago County.
The pantry strives to offer quality nutritious food for families when their
Once again, this year, the mission team has designated the Salvation Army as our focus for the months of November and December. The Salvation Army is always very visible during the holiday season, but sometimes we forget that their work goes on all year long. Nearly 1 in 10 households in Oshkosh rely on The Salvation Army Oshkosh food pantry for emergency food assistance. Over 45,000 meals are prepared annually for those experiencing hunger and despair. Over 9,000 toys and 1,000 coats were typically distributed to low income children each holiday season. These are just a few examples of how the Salvation Army in Oshkosh helps to transform lives and strengthen our local community. Locally, nationally and internationally they are always some of the first to respond to disasters. These services come as a result of their main focus which is best described in their mission statement: “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” Their motto: “Doing the Most Good.”
In November, we will collect gifts for the Salvation Army Christmas Store. The Salvation Army Christmas Store allows the parents of families in need to select three gifts for each of their children from three different price categories. Once again, this year, the Salvation Army has indicated that their biggest needs are gifts for teens, so we would like to concentrate our efforts here. This age group can be very difficult to buy for and gift cards continue to be very popular. Any money donated for this project will be used for gift cards which we will get through our Scrip program. If you prefer to buy a gift, here are some suggestions: curling irons, brushes, purses, jewelry, make-up, nail polish, shampoo/conditioner, lotion, perfume, cologne, manicure sets, scarves, watches, teen movies and books, socks, slippers, basketballs/footballs, haircut gift certificates, bus passes. We will be collecting money and gifts through December 1.
In December we will once again be ringing bells for the Red Kettle campaign. Our dates are December 6 and 7 at the Walgreens, Koehler Street location, so mark your calendars.
There will be sign-up boards in the narthex beginning in the middle of November, and more information will be in the December newsletter.